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Colin Wells

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Town Hall renovation project | Westport Column

Here’s the report I promised on the Aug. 25 public meeting about the proposed Town Hall renovation project.

Rain venue | Westport Column

Though hearty Shakespeare in the Park audiences have stood up to a few brief drizzles now and then over the past dozen years, this past Sunday’s Labor Day weekend performance is the first time we’ve moved indoors to our rain venue, the Westport Heritage House.

Love’s Labours Lost | Westport Column

This season’s second production in the Westport Shakespeare-in-the-Park Festival, “Love’s Labours Lost,” will take place in its accustomed time slot, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at 3 p.m.

ACAP Afterschool Program | Westport Column

Good news (sort of) for ACAP Afterschool Program parents and kids—as of now, the Westport program will run through September, which is better than nothing for the 30 or so families in the community who rely on it.

Woodswoman books | Westport Column

Westport music educator Rose Chancler will be familiar to many readers for Piano by Nature, the program she runs that brings internationally recognized musicians to perform here in the North Country (usually at the Hand House in Elizabethtown).

Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” | Westport Column

This weekend, you’ll have several chances to enjoy the Depot Theatre Apprentice Program’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” in which our talented student actors light up the bard’s classic comedy of long-lost twins, cross-dressing, mistaken identities and merry-go-round romantic shenanigans.

Westport After School Program | Westport Column

The news from Adirondack Community Action Programs is the Westport After School Program did not get funded for the coming school year.

Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Squad | Westport Column

It’s wonderful to see so many visitors to the area this summer, and to welcome back all our seasonal residents as well.

Depot Theatre season | Westport Column

Summer is in full swing, and there were lots of people around for our terrific Independence Day celebration.

Independence Day Celebration | Westport Column

Along with the other exciting festivities — the Parade, the Ice Cream Social, the Pig Roast, the Square Dancing, and the Fireworks, all on Saturday, July 5 — Westport’s Independence Day Celebration has a new twist this year.

Soundwaves concerts | Westport Column

Thursday night Community Concerts in the Ballard Park Performance Pavilion begin this week, and this year—the fourteenth in the series—the program has a new name, Soundwaves.

Westport Library Association | Westport Column

Westport’s volunteer firefighters and ambulance squad members have asked me to pass along a big “thank you!”

Blockhouse Farm | Willsboro Column

Congratulations once again to Champlain Area Trails (CATS) on a successful variety of activities marking National Trails Day last Saturday.

Duck Derby | Westport Column

The Westport Heritage House Visitors Center is getting ready for its sixth summer of welcoming the world to our little town.

Wadhams Strawberry Festival | Westport Column

The fifth annual Celebrate Champlain Area Trails (CATS) Event takes place on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Block House Farm in Essex.

Youth Fishing Contest | Westport Column

Congratulations to all those who took home a trophy from the Westport Fish & Game Club Annual Youth Fishing Contest on Saturday, May 10.

Firemen’s Golf Tournament | Westport Column

One of the casualties of the dread polar vortex back in February was a snowed-out lecture at the Wadhams Free Library by muralists Susan Shanley of Saratoga and Lynda Smyth of Port Henry, who led a group of 12 volunteers to a small fishing village in Mexico last spring to create a series of colorful outdoor murals with local children.

School budget vote | Westport Column

It’s school budget season once again, with the vote set for Tuesday, May 20 from noon to 9 p.m. at Westport Central School (in the hallway outside the Auditorium).

Soundwaves concert | Westport Column

For nearly two decades, we have enjoyed Thursday night community concerts at the Performance Pavilion in Ballard Park during the summer season.

Clothes Recycling Program | Westport Column

Mountain Lakes Services has offered the Town a great deal for a Clothes Recycling Program, just in time for Spring Cleaning.

Illustrated lectures | Westport Column

Congratulations to Westport resident Jennifer Moore, who recently received national recognition for her work as head of the music department at Willsboro Central School.

Rumpelstiltskin performance | Westport Column

This busy weekend, the Westport Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin,” directed by Paul Mudie and Cathy Brankman, with performances on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Drama Club presents “Rumpelstiltskin” | Westport Column

If the people who decide what gets played at classical music concerts are stuck in a rut of same old, same old—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, with the occasional Brahms or Mahler thrown in to show how with-it they are—it’s not Rose Chancler’s fault.

The “Scooter” iceboat | Westport Column

If you’ve seen some unusual activity out in the bay over the past few weeks—such as several blinding blurs shaped like sailboats but acting like Ferraris on skates—you aren’t necessarily going nuts from cabin fever.

Reducing stress | Westport Column

Attention birders!

Make your heritage part of the Bicentennial | Westport Column

Congratulations to Arthur Dodge on his retirement last week, after 27 years of connecting us all to the outside world (or should that be connecting the outside world to us?).

Public meeting for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage | Westport Column

There will be a public meeting this Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall to discuss the plans for a new combined Fire Station and Town Highway Garage, and also to discuss the plans to renovate the Town Hall building.

PTO Volleyball Tournament | Westport Column

Are you interested in local lore and the history of our community?

Mural Making as Community Building | Westport Column

Anyone who’s walked through the halls at Westport Central School over the years has probably noticed the expressive murals that decorate many of the hallway walls.

First Saturday Dance | Westport Column

Westport music maestro Rose Chancler, artistic director of Piano by Nature, invites you to the latest Piano by Nature concert at the Hand House in Elizabethtown, this Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m.

CATS, CATS, CATS! | Westport Column

CATS, CATS, CATS! Sometimes I feel like a cat lady when I sit down to write this column.

Dedicated service | Westport Column

I wish to acknowledge one of Keeseville’s residents who just retired from Clinton Community College after many years of dedicated service greatly enhancing the lives of those blessed to have encountered him.

Special public budget hearing | Westport Column

Well, with the holidays over it must be time for the annual reality check that comes as we settle in for the winter.

Continuing Medical Education lectures | Westport Column

Devoting space in this column to EMS work always seems to bring positive feedback, and I suppose it’s especially on my mind this holiday season because my three-year EMT certification expires on New Year’s Eve and I’ve been focusing on getting all the paperwork in for recertifying.

Country Line Dancing class | Westport Column

Send your secondary-school child to school with a buck and some head gear on Friday, Dec. 20, which is Caps for Cranes day at WCS.

Youth Commission’s Whiteface Ski and Snowboard program | Westport Column

For some fifty years the Westport Youth Commission has sent busloads of our community’s children to ski at Whiteface each winter.

Santa in town | Westport Column

Santa has been worrying whether he can fit down your chimney this year.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner offered | Westport Column

Here’s an update on the Senior Play at WCS (The Election, by Don Zolidis), which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago.

Become a volunteer responder | Westport Column

I’m feeling a bit guilty as I write this on Monday afternoon.

Westport Column

This week being election week and all, the Class of 2014 at Westport Central will offer a timely and provocative look at the quirky process that we call democracy.

Westport Column

This might be good time to note just a few of the many ways that our community has benefitted over the years from the truly inspirational presence of Shami McCormick.

Westport Column

Lucy Connell and the Friends of the Westport Heritage House are sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner at the Federated Church (the Stone Church) this Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 6 p.m.

Westport Column

Wadhams is jumping this weekend, what with the 4-mile BRASS cookie run starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 and the CATS hike from Wadhams to Essex on Sunday, Oct. 13 starting at 11 a.m.

Westport Column

As you probably know by now, as many as 31 horses are being kept by the county up at the Fairgrounds on a temporary basis until they can find permanent homes.

Westport Column

Now that the days are getting shorter and cooler, you may be looking for a place to work out indoors.

Westport Column

Champlain Area Trails (CATS), which is headquartered here in town, has a couple of interesting trail projects coming up in nearby locations.

Westport Column

It’s not too late to register your child for ACAP’s Westport After School Program, which welcomes Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students in the school cafeteria from 3 to 6 p.m. on school days.

Westport Column

The Wadhams Free Library kicks off its fall Wednesdays in Wadhams lecture series with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser on Sept. 18, as Essex Town Historian Shirley LaForest returns to the Library for an illustrated talk entitled “Back Home in Wadhams 1812.”

Westport Column

The members of the Westport Ambulance Squad would like to thank everyone who donated so generously to our recent Stretcher Drive.

Westport Column

One regular standout event in these parts is the annual talk at Camp Dudley hosted by the Literacy Volunteers of Essex and Franklin Counties.

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